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New York Jets: Finding 2016’s Breakout Performers

Vincent Carchietta, USATSI
Vincent Carchietta, USATSI

3. The Young Receivers

The Jets’ trio of rookie receivers — Charone Peake, Robby Anderson, and Jalin Marshall — along with second-year wideout Devin Smith is a group of young, talented skill players with high ceilings.

And you’ve got to be excited by that. Smith, the Ohio State man, was drafted by the Jets in the second round of last year’s draft, a prospect status which he is yet to live up to.

But, after a first season marred by injury and consequently less opportunity, Smith should see his talent recognized with those two detractors from last season’s performance removed from the equation (“removed” is an admitted overstatement, as Smith is on the physically unable to perform list at this moment).

For the rookies, it’s hard to estimate the pro impact of players drafted late (in the case of Peake) and that of players not drafted at all (Anderson and Marshall). For what it’s worth, though, the trio was a collective preseason pleasantry, as each one had his respective contributions to Jets’ exhibition — earning their roster spots as a result.

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